Wizz Air Suspends Russia-UAE Flights as Criticism Rises

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European budget airline Wizz Air suspends plans to resume flights from Moscow to Abu Dhabi amid increasing criticism over the relaunch decision this month.

Wizz Air started flying to Moscow in December 2021 but stopped shortly after, in February 2022, when the military conflict in Ukraine began. However, recently, the airline announced the relaunch of flights from October 3rd, citing high customer demand as the reason for it. It has sparked widespread social media criticism, including calls to boycott the budget carrier. On Twitter, adviser to the Head of the Office of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, Mykhailo Podolyak said that “cooperation with Russian Federation – suicide for business.”

“Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the ultra-low fare national airline of the UAE, regrets to inform its customers that the airline has had to defer the start date of its flight operations from Abu Dhabi to Moscow until further notice due to industry supply chain limitations,” the carrier said in a statement seen by Reuters.

Wizz Air Holdings has six subsidiaries: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, Wizz Air Ukraine, Wizz Air UK, Wizz Air Malta, Wizz Air Bulgaria, and Wizz Air.

Source: Reuters